Monday, October 6, 2014

Growing Food in Florida is Weird

It's Fall. Time for pumpkins, cool weather, trick or treating and ... planting your garden ... right?

I feel like I'm still getting used to how things work in FL even after three years here. Last year we didn't plant our garden until late October and while we still got a ton of veggies, certain things (squash, zucchini, cucumbers) didn't make it. We're really supposed to plant near the end of August and we got a little closer this year with everything planted by the third week of September. Almost everything has popped up in the last couple of weeks which is awesome since I used mostly left over seeds from last year.

We are still in a bit of trial and error with gardening so this year we switched to a drip watering system and planted in rows instead of columns. We're hoping this will keep weeds at bay a bit and allow everything to get adequate sun.

So far we have tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, kale, peas, green beans, squash and zucchini up and we are waiting on the lettuce, broccoli and pepper to make an appearance. I might need to go buy new seeds for those if they don't pop up in the next week or so but so far we're really happy with how things are going. We're hoping everything is mature enough by the time we get our first really cold night so that everything survives and we can enjoy fresh veggies all winter!

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